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South Africa: Protect Rhinos from Poaching – Don’t Legalize the Trade of Rhino Horn!
“In 2016, more than 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa. Rhinos are no longer safe even at zoos – rhino horn is in such high demand that poachers recently broke into France’s Thoiry Zoo, shot and killed a white rhinoceros, and sawed off his horn with a chainsaw. Zoos throughout Europe and reserves in Africa are now cutting off the horns of living rhinos to protect them from the criminal gangs determined to kill rhinos and acquire their horn.
Despite the immense threats rhinos face as a species, South Africa is considering a proposal to legalize the trade of rhino horn within the nation’s borders and allow some exports for “personal purposes.”
Please sign this petition urging South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the South African Parliament to protect rhinos by maintaining the moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horn, and choosing not to legalize exports.”
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You can’t believe it can you? South African rhino breeders want the government to legalize the sale of rhino horns. Their bizarre and I must say dubious justification is that doing so will flood the market and bring down the cost of rhino horn!!!!!!! “They argue that this would drive down demand for poached horns.”. I am serious read, the article included in the petition:
More about south Africa’s proposed legislation from Humane Society International
Proposed regulation to allow rhino horn trade and export in South Africa could worsen trafficking crisis, says Humane Society International
Audrey Delsink, Humane Society International/Africa executive director, says: “While the global community is working to save rhinos from poaching and to eradicate the illegal trade in their horns, South Africa’s proposed regulations will not only open a loophole for criminal syndicates to launder poached rhino horn, but also create an enforcement nightmare, both within the country and internationally. We do not have the luxury of time to spare when it comes to the fate of rhinos, and we have to focus on shutting down the illegal trade rather than endorsing legal trade in rhino horn which has significant enforcement challenges and poor capacity.”
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There are five species of rhino all of which are under treat of extinction as a result of poaching. The horns of these endangered animals are used in Chinese medicine throughout Asia. Each year hundreds of rhinos lose their lives. In south Africa alone between 200 to 300 rhinos per year have been killed by poachers which is three times more than it was back in the 1990s. Regardless of whether or not there is any curative properties in Rhino horn, and I rather think there is not, rhino horns belong to…well rhinos.
Reducing Demand for Rhino Horn in Viet Nam.
Warning! Disturbing images
In August, 2013, HSI launched a campaign to reduce demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, in partnership with the Vietnamese government. The campaign is working with key stakeholders such as women’s groups, business leaders, students, scientists and traditional and Western medical practitioners to develop and implement demand reduction strategies within their communities. By reducing demand for rhino horn in key consumer nations, we can help put an end to the poaching of rhinos.
Read more from the Humane Society International about the threat to Rhinos from poaching and what measures need to be taken to save them from extinction:
“Africa’s black rhinos are critically endangered, with a population under 5,000. The 3,000 one-horned rhinos of India and Nepal are endangered, while Southeast Asia’s Sumatran and Javan rhinos number only in the hundreds and tens, respectively and are also critically endangered. At around 20,000, the southern white rhino is most numerous, with the vast majority living in South Africa.”
As you see from the video poaching is an appalling vile act of cruelty. Is there nothing human beings will not do to gain material wealth? It is as though no animal is safe from the insatiable greed of people who are even willing to kill these amazing sentient creatures for their horns. Even Rhinos in zoos are not safe, showing the level of determination by these vile people.
Links to more information
Stop Rhino Poaching
http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com/ Warning this website has some disturbing images right from the start.
The following link to United for Life discusses the threat not only to rhinos, but also to other wildlife including elephants and a less well know animal the Pangolin
“Whole species are being hunted to extinction, as part of an illegal trade that benefits organised criminals and armed gangs. We want you to add your voice to ours and say “enough is enough”.